As Christians, we are to walk as those who are wise, not as the unwise. As Paul writes in Ephesians 5, we walk in wisdom by being good stewards of the time God has given us, being Spirit filled, and submitting ourselves to one another.
As Christians we are children of light, and we must walk (behave) as such. We are to flee the works of darkness and expose them, as well as pursuing what is pleasing to God in all things.
Love is too important for a Christian to ignore. Love is emphasized as a required quality of God’s people throughout the Bible, and it is no different today than it was 2000 years ago. Christians are to walk in love. We are to walk in love because we have been loved. We are to love God with all that we are, and we are to love our neighbor as ourself.
Being a Christian is about more than going to church on Sunday. Being a Christian requires that we putt off the old self, the way we once lived, and put on the new self, to live as a new creation in Christ. In Eph. 4:25-32, the Apostle Paul gives some very specific and practical examples of how the new self lives.
The second half of the book of Ephesians (chapter 4-6) tells us many different ways that Christians should “walk.” It is a very practical section of Scripture teaching us how to live. In this lesson, however, we consider one section in which Paul instructs us in one way that we should not walk.
As Christians, we are called to be “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” As we walk as Christians, we must be united with our brethren in the Lord’s church. We cannot let division create a rift in our fellowship. It is imperative that we find unity on these seven foundations (the Seven Ones) of Eph. 4:4-6
The book of Ephesians, while it should be taken as a unit, has two main parts. The first, in Chapters 1-3, teaches about the church, the beautiful bride of Christ. The second part, chapters 4-6 teaches us about our walk, our lives, as Christians, in a very practical way. While there is a lot of detail worth noting in these chapters, we will save that for later lessons and take a more general overviewing look of these chapters in this lesson.